How will my optometrist diagnose dry eye?

The diagnosis of dry eye is often made based upon the typical symptoms of eye irritation, frequent watering, and transient blurred vision. A detailed case history, including questions about general health, medications, and workplace is important. Your optometrist will also examine the surface of your eye and your eyelids using a microscope, and may employ tinted drops (stains) to highlight areas of dryness.